20 Aug INNER ACTORS: EXAMPLE #1
What do you notice about the difference in the emotional communication, when you look at the three images of the woman in the picture above?
Although this is the same person, is there a different emotion that each of the images communicates?
Look carefully and pretend that this person is your friend, and that over time you have become more and more familiar with the different INNER ACTORS that make up her personality.
Now, pretend each one of the three pictures has a voice. Would each of the pictures say something different? Do each of the voices have a different emotion attached to it? How is the emotion related to the body position and posture communicated in each of the images?
Our INNER ACTORS are expressions of the various roles we’ve adopted unconsciously, with continued use from early childhood until now. Because each one of us has a need for control in our surrounding world, we develop certain patterns to get our way and gain the power we need, that’s a match for the developmental stage that we are in. For example, a baby at the earliest stage of development, uses crying as a means of communication to express their need for control and power. As language develops, speech is added to the communication strategy as an additional dimension of power. Over time and with feedback and habit formation, our INNER ACTORS show up as automatic behavior patterns, triggered by outside stimuli. This is in direct relationship to the surrounding Circles of Influence, that are available to modify the power patterns.
The important thing to note is how the POWER PATTERN is shaped and modified. If the pattern is NOT modified along with the changes in the development stage, the INNER ACTOR can maintain an immature POWER PATTERN that does not support positive changes on the FUTURE STAGE.
Each of the INNER ACTORS is part of our larger personality, but has its own set of needs and wants, organized in ways that fulfill the needs of the WHOLE personality structure.
Research indicates that each of us have several INNER ACTORS (personality parts), created unconsciously and automatically over time, without our awareness. Our INNER ACTORS appear on the BACK STAGE, FRONT STAGE and FUTURE STAGE of our I-THEATER. They play a critical role in our future success. Our INNER ACTORS establish our sense of POWER and control, and fulfill certain roles in our lives.
WHAT INNER ACTORS ARE YOU CURRENTLY AWARE OF? WHAT ROLES ARE THEY PLAYING AT THIS POINT IN YOUR LIFE?